Five Essex towns are in list of best places to live

Echo: Colchester - The 28th best place to live in the UK according to Halifax's quality of life survey Colchester - The 28th best place to live in the UK according to Halifax's quality of life survey

FIVE places in Essex have been named as among the top 50 most desirable spots to live in the UK.

Brentwood was ranked fifth in the Halifax’s Quality of Life survey. Uttlesford came in at 18th, Rochford 24th, Colchester 28th and Maldon at 44th.

The top spot was secured by Hart, in Hampshire.

The annual report looked at jobs, the housing market, education, health and crime, as well as the weather, traffic flows and broadband access.

Gareth Jacob, sales director at developer Linden Homes Eastern, said: “Colchester has always been a much sought-after place to live as it blends its rich heritage with a host of exceptional modern facilities.”

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7:49am Wed 28 Dec 11

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Southend didn't even get a mention! No surprise there and some people expect "city status" for the town!!LOL!! It will never happen!
Southend didn't even get a mention! No surprise there and some people expect "city status" for the town!!LOL!! It will never happen! Alice in Her Own Land :P
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9:48am Wed 28 Dec 11

No! I am Spartacus says...

Should I be surprised that Gareth Jacobs (apparently some random expert selected to make a comment) compliments 'excellent modern facilities'? Particularly as the company he is a director of probably wants to create more of these such items.

I will suggest, however, that the more of the traditional rich heritage that is knocked down to allow for the modern guff, the lower down the survey we will fall.

The change in the last 25 years has, on the whole, been backward steps in town planning when heritage is concerned.

There seems a drive towards food establishments occupying 80% of shops(the rest being empty), housing estates occupying any patch of open land and retaining the aforementioned heritage of remaining buildings a low desire.

We are in danger (in fact, quite a way towards it already) in becoming one of the many identikit high streets with zero personality.
Should I be surprised that Gareth Jacobs (apparently some random expert selected to make a comment) compliments 'excellent modern facilities'? Particularly as the company he is a director of probably wants to create more of these such items. I will suggest, however, that the more of the traditional rich heritage that is knocked down to allow for the modern guff, the lower down the survey we will fall. The change in the last 25 years has, on the whole, been backward steps in town planning when heritage is concerned. There seems a drive towards food establishments occupying 80% of shops(the rest being empty), housing estates occupying any patch of open land and retaining the aforementioned heritage of remaining buildings a low desire. We are in danger (in fact, quite a way towards it already) in becoming one of the many identikit high streets with zero personality. No! I am Spartacus
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11:35am Wed 28 Dec 11

resident3 says...

Colchester??
Colchester?? resident3
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11:36am Wed 28 Dec 11

resident3 says...

Colchester??

Yea Gods!!!
Colchester?? Yea Gods!!! resident3
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11:54am Wed 28 Dec 11

Nebs says...

I am surprised to find out that there are actually 50 desirable places to live in the UK.
I am surprised to find out that there are actually 50 desirable places to live in the UK. Nebs
  • Score: 10

1:26pm Wed 28 Dec 11

Bosniavet says...

Maybe they meant these were the 50 least undesirable places to live in the UK.
A few years ago, I remember that Southend came out as (allegedly) the best place to retire to in the UK, with good transport links, shopping facilities & a low crime rate cited as reasons for this. Somehow, I feel that the result would be very different now, with the drug related gang violence, "random" street assualts & general running down of all facilities & amenities within the borough.
Maybe they meant these were the 50 least undesirable places to live in the UK. A few years ago, I remember that Southend came out as (allegedly) the best place to retire to in the UK, with good transport links, shopping facilities & a low crime rate cited as reasons for this. Somehow, I feel that the result would be very different now, with the drug related gang violence, "random" street assualts & general running down of all facilities & amenities within the borough. Bosniavet
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1:31pm Wed 28 Dec 11

Bosniavet says...

Colchester? Are you sure? Never knew the presence of the Parachute Regt Depot would make a town a desirable place to live......
Mind you, I suppose the increase in police numbers (by MoD Police & RMP) might help lower the crime rate.
Colchester? Are you sure? Never knew the presence of the Parachute Regt Depot would make a town a desirable place to live...... Mind you, I suppose the increase in police numbers (by MoD Police & RMP) might help lower the crime rate. Bosniavet
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2:20pm Wed 28 Dec 11

angryman!!! says...

The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are
The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are angryman!!!
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2:38pm Wed 28 Dec 11

termite1944 says...

Says a lot for others folks tastes!
Says a lot for others folks tastes! termite1944
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3:07pm Wed 28 Dec 11

Bosniavet says...

angryman!!! says...
2:20pm Wed 28 Dec 11

The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are
The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are

My apologies, I was referring to the fact that both 2 & 3 PARA are based at Colchester Garrison, forming part of 16 Air Assault Bde, along with numerous units including 7 RHA - thus I would suggest the largest concentration of Parachute Regt personnel is in Colchester
angryman!!! says... 2:20pm Wed 28 Dec 11 The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are My apologies, I was referring to the fact that both 2 & 3 PARA are based at Colchester Garrison, forming part of 16 Air Assault Bde, along with numerous units including 7 RHA - thus I would suggest the largest concentration of Parachute Regt personnel is in Colchester Bosniavet
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3:16pm Wed 28 Dec 11

PROOFREADER says...

Colchester a desirable place to live?
hahaha. Being 28th in the list hardly qualifies it as a desirable place.
Colchester a desirable place to live? hahaha. Being 28th in the list hardly qualifies it as a desirable place. PROOFREADER
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4:04pm Wed 28 Dec 11

stropmag says...

Bosniavet wrote:
angryman!!! says...
2:20pm Wed 28 Dec 11

The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are
The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are

My apologies, I was referring to the fact that both 2 & 3 PARA are based at Colchester Garrison, forming part of 16 Air Assault Bde, along with numerous units including 7 RHA - thus I would suggest the largest concentration of Parachute Regt personnel is in Colchester
Phew! Glad we got that sorted, I had visions of civil war breaking out.
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: angryman!!! says... 2:20pm Wed 28 Dec 11 The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are The para regt depot is catterick as all inf training are My apologies, I was referring to the fact that both 2 & 3 PARA are based at Colchester Garrison, forming part of 16 Air Assault Bde, along with numerous units including 7 RHA - thus I would suggest the largest concentration of Parachute Regt personnel is in Colchester[/p][/quote]Phew! Glad we got that sorted, I had visions of civil war breaking out. stropmag
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6:40pm Wed 28 Dec 11

SARFENDMAN says...

Wot no Bas ?
Wot no Bas ? SARFENDMAN
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9:48pm Wed 28 Dec 11

super waluigi says...

No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Should I be surprised that Gareth Jacobs (apparently some random expert selected to make a comment) compliments 'excellent modern facilities'? Particularly as the company he is a director of probably wants to create more of these such items.

I will suggest, however, that the more of the traditional rich heritage that is knocked down to allow for the modern guff, the lower down the survey we will fall.

The change in the last 25 years has, on the whole, been backward steps in town planning when heritage is concerned.

There seems a drive towards food establishments occupying 80% of shops(the rest being empty), housing estates occupying any patch of open land and retaining the aforementioned heritage of remaining buildings a low desire.

We are in danger (in fact, quite a way towards it already) in becoming one of the many identikit high streets with zero personality.
Oh my, cheer up, this is good news right, regardless of who he is and what relevance this has.
[quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Should I be surprised that Gareth Jacobs (apparently some random expert selected to make a comment) compliments 'excellent modern facilities'? Particularly as the company he is a director of probably wants to create more of these such items. I will suggest, however, that the more of the traditional rich heritage that is knocked down to allow for the modern guff, the lower down the survey we will fall. The change in the last 25 years has, on the whole, been backward steps in town planning when heritage is concerned. There seems a drive towards food establishments occupying 80% of shops(the rest being empty), housing estates occupying any patch of open land and retaining the aforementioned heritage of remaining buildings a low desire. We are in danger (in fact, quite a way towards it already) in becoming one of the many identikit high streets with zero personality.[/p][/quote]Oh my, cheer up, this is good news right, regardless of who he is and what relevance this has. super waluigi
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11:40pm Wed 28 Dec 11

No! I am Spartacus says...

super waluigi wrote:
No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Should I be surprised that Gareth Jacobs (apparently some random expert selected to make a comment) compliments 'excellent modern facilities'? Particularly as the company he is a director of probably wants to create more of these such items.

I will suggest, however, that the more of the traditional rich heritage that is knocked down to allow for the modern guff, the lower down the survey we will fall.

The change in the last 25 years has, on the whole, been backward steps in town planning when heritage is concerned.

There seems a drive towards food establishments occupying 80% of shops(the rest being empty), housing estates occupying any patch of open land and retaining the aforementioned heritage of remaining buildings a low desire.

We are in danger (in fact, quite a way towards it already) in becoming one of the many identikit high streets with zero personality.
Oh my, cheer up, this is good news right, regardless of who he is and what relevance this has.
Actually, I'd say he utters waffle, bears no relevance & is totally biased.

You might consider it great news- and I'd agree it is nice to have a 'good' news story now and then- but I just wonder why, when we have such a great town, are those with planing powers intent on screwing it up?
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Should I be surprised that Gareth Jacobs (apparently some random expert selected to make a comment) compliments 'excellent modern facilities'? Particularly as the company he is a director of probably wants to create more of these such items. I will suggest, however, that the more of the traditional rich heritage that is knocked down to allow for the modern guff, the lower down the survey we will fall. The change in the last 25 years has, on the whole, been backward steps in town planning when heritage is concerned. There seems a drive towards food establishments occupying 80% of shops(the rest being empty), housing estates occupying any patch of open land and retaining the aforementioned heritage of remaining buildings a low desire. We are in danger (in fact, quite a way towards it already) in becoming one of the many identikit high streets with zero personality.[/p][/quote]Oh my, cheer up, this is good news right, regardless of who he is and what relevance this has.[/p][/quote]Actually, I'd say he utters waffle, bears no relevance & is totally biased. You might consider it great news- and I'd agree it is nice to have a 'good' news story now and then- but I just wonder why, when we have such a great town, are those with planing powers intent on screwing it up? No! I am Spartacus
  • Score: 0

12:17am Thu 29 Dec 11

Seasider90 says...

Nothing wrong with the towns just the London overflow drug dealers and gangs that get migrated out from London councils as part of their social housing programme. Yoy can easily turn an affluent area into a ghetto by putting problem families in there. God bless the chavs and the successive governments who created this social underclass who have no pride in themselves of their communities.
Nothing wrong with the towns just the London overflow drug dealers and gangs that get migrated out from London councils as part of their social housing programme. Yoy can easily turn an affluent area into a ghetto by putting problem families in there. God bless the chavs and the successive governments who created this social underclass who have no pride in themselves of their communities. Seasider90
  • Score: 10

8:52am Thu 29 Dec 11

zaedlo says...

Bosniavet wrote:
Maybe they meant these were the 50 least undesirable places to live in the UK.
A few years ago, I remember that Southend came out as (allegedly) the best place to retire to in the UK, with good transport links, shopping facilities & a low crime rate cited as reasons for this. Somehow, I feel that the result would be very different now, with the drug related gang violence, "random" street assualts & general running down of all facilities & amenities within the borough.
I would agree with this comment entirely. I recently moved back to the area after several years away and find Southend a real let down, traffic hold ups and huge parking fees where ever you go. Our Victorian Pier is a mess too with its modern entrance, who ever did this and town planners should be sacked.
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: Maybe they meant these were the 50 least undesirable places to live in the UK. A few years ago, I remember that Southend came out as (allegedly) the best place to retire to in the UK, with good transport links, shopping facilities & a low crime rate cited as reasons for this. Somehow, I feel that the result would be very different now, with the drug related gang violence, "random" street assualts & general running down of all facilities & amenities within the borough.[/p][/quote]I would agree with this comment entirely. I recently moved back to the area after several years away and find Southend a real let down, traffic hold ups and huge parking fees where ever you go. Our Victorian Pier is a mess too with its modern entrance, who ever did this and town planners should be sacked. zaedlo
  • Score: 3

11:51am Thu 29 Dec 11

wellnow says...

town planners?are there such people?
town planners?are there such people? wellnow
  • Score: 3

12:55pm Thu 29 Dec 11

saddo99 says...

Zaedlo: Welcome home! Send your complaints to a certain Anna Waite in Barling. She no longer has any input in the affairs of Southend but she almost single-handedly ruined what was once a nice town. Now to be really unpopular can I say that Shoebury is superb and a lovely place to live. I don't care where on the list it is...I like it!
Zaedlo: Welcome home! Send your complaints to a certain Anna Waite in Barling. She no longer has any input in the affairs of Southend but she almost single-handedly ruined what was once a nice town. Now to be really unpopular can I say that Shoebury is superb and a lovely place to live. I don't care where on the list it is...I like it! saddo99
  • Score: 2

7:53pm Thu 29 Dec 11

Audioman says...

Not BASILDON and why it is the best place to live crime is at zero
too.
Oh I was thinking of BASILDON in BERKSHIRE so sorry about that
Not BASILDON and why it is the best place to live crime is at zero too. Oh I was thinking of BASILDON in BERKSHIRE so sorry about that Audioman
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9:16am Fri 30 Dec 11

Taxpayingidiot says...

Audioman wrote:
Not BASILDON and why it is the best place to live crime is at zero too. Oh I was thinking of BASILDON in BERKSHIRE so sorry about that
Basildon in Berkshire is a terrible place, in the Autumn the trees go all orange and litter the place up with dropping leaves, squirrels run riot stealing from bird tables and I bet there are deer around rutting when nobody is looking. All the pubs are full of the locals that have been living in the villiage for hundreds of years.
Give me good old Basildon in Essex anyday with the delicate sound of Chavs on Peds gently drifting down the walking paths, cheeky little chappies helping old people with their belongings and pensions when ever they can. Enough cats to fill a million swimming pools what lovely creatures they are, and what doesnt look better than a bald shaven man or women struggeling to hold an over excited staffordshire bull terrier.
I am almost in tears with emotion
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: Not BASILDON and why it is the best place to live crime is at zero too. Oh I was thinking of BASILDON in BERKSHIRE so sorry about that[/p][/quote]Basildon in Berkshire is a terrible place, in the Autumn the trees go all orange and litter the place up with dropping leaves, squirrels run riot stealing from bird tables and I bet there are deer around rutting when nobody is looking. All the pubs are full of the locals that have been living in the villiage for hundreds of years. Give me good old Basildon in Essex anyday with the delicate sound of Chavs on Peds gently drifting down the walking paths, cheeky little chappies helping old people with their belongings and pensions when ever they can. Enough cats to fill a million swimming pools what lovely creatures they are, and what doesnt look better than a bald shaven man or women struggeling to hold an over excited staffordshire bull terrier. I am almost in tears with emotion Taxpayingidiot
  • Score: 6

10:16pm Fri 30 Dec 11

Tackon says...

Basildon is the a**e end of the devil only not so pretty.
Basildon is the a**e end of the devil only not so pretty. Tackon
  • Score: 4

11:03pm Fri 30 Dec 11

Simon Taylor says...

The article should have mentioned that these are the top 50 local authority districts (out of 405 in the UK) based on Halifax's criteria "covering the labour market, the housing market, the environment, education and health". Others in the top 50 include:
28. Colchester
29. Winchester
30. Kingston upon Thames
31. Kensington and Chelsea
...
39. Chelmsford
The article should have mentioned that these are the top 50 local authority districts (out of 405 in the UK) based on Halifax's criteria "covering the labour market, the housing market, the environment, education and health". Others in the top 50 include: 28. Colchester 29. Winchester 30. Kingston upon Thames 31. Kensington and Chelsea ... 39. Chelmsford Simon Taylor
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4:29pm Sun 1 Jan 12

Tackon says...

Halifax must have a glut of houses and flats they are trying to get shut off in Essex. Either than or they are congenital liars! Either way treat Essex like you would Royston Vassy.
Halifax must have a glut of houses and flats they are trying to get shut off in Essex. Either than or they are congenital liars! Either way treat Essex like you would Royston Vassy. Tackon
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Sun 1 Jan 12

bellend1 says...

Rochford!!! It's full of inbreds and **** heads.... LOL
Rochford!!! It's full of inbreds and **** heads.... LOL bellend1
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